The History of the Romantic Hotel Schloss Rheinfels from 1973 to today


  • 1973 Launch of the Castle Hotel at Castle Rheinfels
  • 1975 Establishment of the 'Ritterklause' as a nightclub
  • 1977 Purchase of the Villa Rheinfels and the expansion to eight guest rooms
  • 1977 Expansion of the Rhine Terrace
  • 1979 Re-opening of the castle kiosks and the closure of the nightclub
  • 1982 New Management: Mr and Mrs Ripp take charge
  • 1982 Redesign of the hotel’s front entrance and a further extension
  • 1983 Relocation and redesign of the reception area
  • 1983 Basic renovation of the indoor pool and sauna
  • 1984 Renovation of all hotel rooms in the castle and villa
  • 1985 Dedication of the in-house BAR-BAROSSA
  • 1986 Four additional hotel rooms in the villa – including the Tower Suite
  • 1986 First landscaping of a castle garden
  • 1987 Establishment of the first conference room in the Fireplace Room
  • 1988 Establishment of the second conference room in the villa
  • 1989 Construction of the roof covering the Rhine Terrace
  • 1990 Installation of a lift in the villa and the addition of two new hotel rooms
  • 1991 A facelift for all hotel rooms – Construction starts on the NEW VILLA
  • 1992 Opening of the 'Villa Rheinfels Conference Centre'
  • 1993 Inauguration of the castle tavern 'Zum Landgrafen'
  • 1994 Addition of a meeting room to the conference centre
  • 1995 Fundamental redesign of the 'Kanonenzimmer' (Cannon Room)
  • 1996 Remodelling and enlargement of the kitchen
  • 1997 Europe's largest vaulted cellar opened up to gastronomy
  • 1997 Signing of the building lease (99 years)
  • 1997 Planning application for considerable extension is filed
  • 1998 Opening of the 'Outdoor Parks'
  • 1999 Renovation of the restaurant and hotel room areas
  • 2000 The new barbecue hut in the Reuschepark opens
  • 2001 A facelift for the store and staff rooms
  • 2003 Petra & Gerd Ripp acquire the entire castle grounds
  • 2003 Renovation and expansion for 1.8 million Euros
  • 2004 Redesign of the 'AusZeit' spa facilities 
  • 2005 Construction of a 'castle-latrine'
  • 2005 Construction of the small bar 'De Backes'
  • 2006 Exterior façade dressed with stone
  • 2006 Opening of St Goar’s first coffee shop 'Café Antik'
  • 2007 Construction of the conservatory and enlargement of the restaurant
  • 2007 THE JUBILEE YEAR 'Gerd Ripp – 25 years Rheinfels'
  • 2008  Renovation of the hotel rooms
  • 2009Construction of the 'fitness-torture chamber' and expansion of spa facilities
  • 2010 Expansion of the wellness garden with an outdoor sauna 'us ahl Wäschkich' and plunge pool
  • 2011 Complete renovation of the kitchen
  • 2011 Opening of the new gourmet restaurant 'Silcher Stuben' and the new 'Kanonenzimmer' library 
  • 2011 The last hotel room is renovated
  • 2011 Opening of the new castle restaurant 'Auf Scharffeneck' and the 'Freiligrath' salon
  • 2011 The façade is painted in the style of an Art Nouveau villa
  • 2012 New seating for the world heritage terrace, as well as the opening of the Piacetto Lounge